02-Closer Look at the West
Let us now take a close look at the features of the political antichrist or beast. He comes from the Neo-Roman Empire. For the prophet Daniel has a vision of four Gentile empires, which would affect Israel from his time to the very end, when Jesus would return to set up His kingdom. Daniel 7 explains the empires as Daniel´s vision moved through time. He describes all the empires as beasts. The first, like a lion, was Babylon. The beast like a bear would be Persia. The third would be the Grecian Empire, with special emphasis on its great leader, Alexander. The fourth beast if the Roman Empire. A brief study of secular history will verify and confirm the prophecies of Daniel´s vision to any skeptic. Daniel´s writings are so precise and accurate that many apostate Bible teachers have denied that Daniel wrote them. They teach that they were written after the events had already happened.
Daniel reveals also that the Roman Empire would experience changes in its geo-political makeup. In partial fulfillment of this, in 476 A.D., the mighty Roman Empire began to divide up into smaller independent countries and nations.
Daniel 7:7-8, 20,
7)”After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly, and it had great iron teeth; it devoured and broke in pieces, and stamped the residue with its feet; and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns. 8)I considered the horns, and behold, there came up among them another little horn, before which there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots; and behold, in this horn were eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking great things…20)And of the ten horns that were in its head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell, even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spoke very great things, whose look was more stout than its fellows.”
Before Jesus sets His glorious feet on the earth, 10 Western European nations (horns), who were once part of the mighty Roman Empire, will give their power and strength to an 11th nation called the little horn. I personally believe that the country which Daniel calls the little horn, is the United States of America, alias Babylon the Great. In chapters 5 & 6, we will study in depth the word of God which describes America´s place among end-time nations. But let´s first look at the man who will be the last president of America, and his major characteristics.